This book is actually a series of papers that are better addressed separately.
DARPA’s Historical Mission and Organization
Always had multiple thrusts
Originally missile defense, nuclear weapon detection, space
AGILE considered to have run amok with little oversight ::but licklider also had little oversight::
Early 70’s/late 60
As of 2020
TTO and STO are “systems offices” that produce “poc” engineering systems for DoD. TRL3 - Proof of Concept can have such different meanings.
TTO and STO primarily fund engineering teams but fund fundamental things when they run into problems
Typically, a program will have specific technical objectives, a budget of tens of millions of dollars, and will last for three to five years.
DARPA itself does not build actual operational prototypes of new systems; it turns over “proof-of-concept” prototypes to other parts of the defense and commercial worlds—a process that DARPA calls “technology transition”. - 11
Underlying this “high-risk—high-payoff” motif of DARPA is a set of operational and organizational characteristics including: relatively small size; a lean, non-bureaucratic structure; a focus on potentially change-state technologies; a highly flexible and adaptive research program. DARPA is relatively tiny and flat.
in contrast to the then existing Defense research environment, ARPA was designed to be manifestly different. It did not have labs. It did not focus on existing military requirements. It was separate from any other operational or organizational elements. It was explicitly chartered to be different, so it could do fundamentally different things ::There is something to the idea of doing something different just so you can do different things §How do we get more awesome sci-fi shit?::